An unusual office building clad in larch, designed to give the feeling of being among trees, with an enclosed woodland glade at its heart.
The Woodland Trust’s new offices are on a greenfield site and we were keen to create a ‘woodland experience’ from the moment people arrive. Staff and visitors are welcomed through a central garden space planted with birch trees, which encourages a range of interactions by providing both an informal meeting area and a place for eating lunch outdoors.
The building ascends in a spiral and thus makes a dynamic transition from landscape to building. External timber cladding and decorative wood panelling internally express the core mission of the Trust and reflect the surrounding landscape. Internal spaces are grouped around a top-lit atrium, which is both reception area and staff breakout space, large enough to allow the 200 staff to come together for special occasions.